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Is it legal to completely tint the back windows? – Soroush

Regulations and enforcement varies by province. Generally speaking, it is left to the discretion of the police officer.

Alberta, B.C., P.E.I., Saskatchewan: No film permitted on the right and left windows of the driver compartment. Any film allowed on rear side and rear windows provided the vehicle has two exterior side mirrors.

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Manitoba: For driver's compartment, right and left, the minimum visible light transmittance, net, is 50 per cent. The maximum visible light transmittance, net, is 35 per cent. For windows behind the driver's compartment, the minimum visible light transmittance, net, is 35 per cent. Where film is installed behind the driver's compartment, two external rear view mirrors are required. The net figures that are allowed are enforced at plus or minus 5 per cent.

Nova Scotia: No film permitted on any glazed surface.

New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Ontario: No law preventing tinted windows. But the provincial Highway Traffic Act, allows for a fine of $110 for anything that "obscures the view to outside the vehicle or alters the view through a windshield". It is left to the officer's discretion as to whether a tint is too dark. Generally speaking, any tint that let's in less than 70 per cent of light will be a problem.

Quebec: "The surface of the windshield or any side window to the left or right of the driver cannot be coated with any colour spray or other colour coating in such a manner as to obstruct the driver's view of the roadway, or obscure the view from outside to the interior of the motor vehicle."

Saskatchewan: Same as British Columbia.

Is rust-proofing worth the money?

In shopping for a new vehicle, it has been my experience that most dealers offer a secondary form of rust-proofing. For most, it is a one-time application costing $500-$800, and many include a lifetime warranty. Are they any good? – Sandra

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Generally speaking, these are nothing more than a source of revenue and profit for the dealer/salesperson. Federal regulations require all manufacturers to warrant a new vehicle against rust perforation for at least five years.

I would not recommend any single application, especially since it will certainly have lost any use after five years.

If you do wish to provide protection for a longer period, I recommend those that provide for an annual application – from companies such as Krown and Rust Check, that have been around for many years.

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